“It’s easy,” said the 40-year-old Kamo, whose hands are rarely still. He pantomimed how he crumpled, pulled and ran his fingers over pieces of paper to get various textures, and added that only two packets of 11 x 17 sheets were used.
He and his team of six or seven hairstylists worked part-time for up to three weeks making the flowers, which were sent from his native Tokyo in boxes. More flowers were then concocted in Paris for Tuesday’s show, which featured 65 different headdresses.
“I really like this kind of hairdressing,” he said, explaining that he’s used various materials in coifs before. He has added dried flowers to models’ hair and has also dotted heads with mirrors.
Hardly a newcomer to fashion, Kamo has created hair looks for designers such as Junya Watanabe, Fendi, Undercover and Tao Comme des Garçons. He explained that his hairstyling differs from others’ since he hardly uses any product, using his hands instead to create effects.
When Karl Lagerfeld said he wanted to use paper for Chanel’s couture show, Kamo crafted flowers, butterflies and birds. But his skill doesn’t end there. He has already tried millinery. A few years ago, he did a small collection of hats that were sold during the Christmas season in Tokyo’s branch of Corso Como. And, without a moment’s hesitation, he said he would make more “if the chance arose.”
Yet his ultimate dream is to design clothes. He already does some of his own, pointing to a vintage Japanese woman’s wool coat that he tailored for himself, and the vintage French trousers he was wearing that he had tweaked.
When he’s not creating fantasy hair styles or customizing his wardrobe, Kamo collects dried flowers and bugs that hang in boxes from the walls of his home.“If people give me flowers, I always dry them and put them in a box,” he explained. Needless to say, he makes the box himself.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia